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Thats probably because you have padded ones that dont hurt. Try wooden ones and youll see why its hard to use them Correctly. I have been using then for 3 years give or take and i still am known to get some nasty bruises.
Yep I know judo and karate, so dont mess with me or else!! lol just kidding about the dont mess with me part. (but really dont) I also know how to use a sword/katana, bow staff and how to use shuriken. ( throwing stars
I used to do a style of karate called Go Kan Ryu. I got to Orange Belt, but I quit a couple of years ago.
I used to do Go Kan Ryu as well, over a span of 10-11 years I have done 4 different styles. Go Kan Ryu, Go Shin Ryu, Budo Kan and now I am in Hinode, a shodokan style. I am orange belt at the moment, but in November I am grading to get my 3rd Kyu, or 1st Brown Belt. I know all the Heian katas (Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan) in my style and I am starting to learn a new set of katas which are the Tekki katas (Shodan, Nidan, Sandan). I also have learnt the bo and sai.
Lord-of-Shadow, you asked the question if the katas are all the same, well there are all variations to the katas between styles. It also depends greatly on your interpretations, and how comfortable and logical a move is in conjunction with another. I hope that helped you.
[ZU Psychologist][Warriors: K.J] Chi ga tempo non ga tempo (He who has time have no time) - Old Italian Proverb
I took Karate for years (I'm not sure of the exact type), and I quit a couple months after I got my brown belt. School just was taking up too much of my time. I won a couple of first and thrid place tropheys at various levels for katas, and won a couple of bronze medals for sparring. I know that everyone once they reached second-degree purple got to learn two weapons, bo was compulsory, and one of your choice. I chose Sai's as my secondary weapon, reflecting my love of Raphael the ninja turtle :S
Back in my early to mid teens I did Tae Kwon Do with the AFTA (Australian Freestyle Tae-Kwon-Do Academy). I got up to being a blue belt and quit after a while because our good instructor decided to call it quits and we got this crappy-ass instructor that didn't even have his black belt yet. I mean, honestly. And we also kept changing companies which meant different variations to patterns and moves and all that garbage... ticked me off.
Wouldn't mind getting back into it though. Its great for keeping you fit.